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Amazon ‘Targets’ Minneapolis with Tech Center

Amazon is opening a technology development center in downtown Minneapolis that will create 100 full-time, technology-focused jobs. The local StarTribune newspaper pointed out the proximity of Amazon’s new hub to two rival retailers, including Target.

Amazon announced the new center on Thursday, and noted it already has hundreds of employees in Minnesota and is in the process of hiring an additional 1,000 full-time employees for its new Shakopee, Minnesota, fulfillment center.

“Amazon is always looking for the best and brightest software engineers to join our team,” said Dave Glick, vice president of operations technology for Amazon. “The commitment to education, growth of the local high-tech industry, and caliber of technical talent in Minneapolis make it an ideal place for our expansion.”

Engineers and managers will be tasked with developing and innovating technology solutions that enhance Amazon’s operations. “We’re excited to create new technology jobs in Minneapolis and look forward to growing our operations technology team to help us develop cutting-edge software applications that fuel Amazon’s rapidly growing operations, fulfillment and delivery capabilities.”

The Minneapolis StarTribune said Target is looking to hire 500 tech workers in the Twin Cities as it brings more workers in-house. “Amazon’s move also puts it within close proximity to Richfield-based Best Buy with whom it will also compete for workers.”

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